Professional help with caulking(7 posts)
Anyone know of someone (someone GOOD of course) who could be hired to help with caulking a prewar NYC apartment?
We just had our 2nd thermal treatment (much more thorough than the 1st, so hopefully it will be successful), but I am terrified that the bugs could enter from another apartment. Even if that was not the source of our current problem, it could happen in the future....
I've done a lot of reading on caulking & products here, but what with working full time and having a 2 year old running around who I wouldn't want to have around during the process - I'd love to hire someone to do it for us.
This would be a BIG job, I think. I wouldn't be surprised if it took a few days. I would be able to do the painting afterwards myself, it's just the caulking....
Has anyone done this? Was it a PCO? Housepainter? Handyman? (Just someone handy?)
Is this an untapped market? Anyone out of work want to start their own company?
Don't you want to use your super or his workers?
I actually don't trust the building people to be thorough enough
I was someone who wants to take the time needed to go over every inch of the place & do what needs to be done.
Problem areas I forsee: there are cracks all over the original parquet hardwood floor & I'm not prepaired to put a new floor over top (I think that would be more costly/time consuming anyway). Also there are 2 old fashioned fuse boxes in the apartment that are uncovered & I have no idea how to manage closing them off while still allowing access.
I was thinking to hire a painter, but not for the painting part (I have no problem doing that myself).
Since no one has offered up a name yet, I will see what I can come up with & post back with info for others if I find someone good
My Company does this. I don't have any immediate availability but I'll post the prep sheet here for you with info regarding some of the steps. I’m booked out about 3 weeks right now. You can PM if you would like to discuss it.
Nobugs, if this is out of line .. you can delete my post.
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KillerQueen spent his day in my apartment today doing just this. And he and I can attest that my apartment was a challenge, in terms of age, size and clutter. From what I can see, no baseboard was left uncaulked. This was purely preventive on my part, but I think it will be worth it.
Thanks again KQ!!
I will be in touch
Prep 4 Bedbugs is a company in New York and they will send 2 technitians to your place for $100 per hour
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